More sup­port for youth

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

Ser­vice providers are work­ing closely with schools in the Rock­ing­ham and Man­durah re­gions to sup­port at-risk youth, ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing men­tal health pro­fes­sional.

Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vice (CAMHS) has 10 cen­tres across the Perth metropoli­tan area, in­clud­ing in Rock­ing­ham and Peel, which pro­vide as­sess­ment and treat­ment for young peo­ple ex- pe­ri­enc­ing a range of men­tal health is­sues. Com­mu­nity CAMHS direc­tor Adri­enne Wills said sup­port was on hand.

“Peel CAMHS has been work­ing closely to sup­port lo­cal schools that have been af­fected by the re­cent sui­cides of stu­dents, li­ais­ing with teach­ers, school psy­chol­ogy ser­vices and other agen­cies such as headspace to en­sure ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices are pro­vided to in­di­vid­u­als and that sys­tems are in place to sup­port vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple,” she said.

“The CAMHS spe­cial­ist ser­vice, Touch­stone SUN-A, is one of the pro­grams that is run at the Rock­ing­ham CAMHS cen­tre and there is po­ten­tial to pro­vide this pro­gram in Peel.

“There is also a cen­tralised day pro­gram based in Bent­ley called Touch­stone, which is a three-day-a-week pro­gram and in­cludes group and in­di­vid­ual ther­apy and also has an ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent and creative ther­a­pies.

“Young peo­ple can be re­ferred to Touch­stone through Com­mu­nity CAMHS clin­ics.

“Chil­dren and their fam­i­lies can be re­ferred to CAMHS ser­vices by their treat­ing ther­a­pist, spe­cial­ist, GP, school or other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Any­one who needs help is urged to con­tact Life­line on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.

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